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In Chicago and the suburbs, theft offenses come in many shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, the offense of theft is prosecuted under 720 ILCS 5/16-1.                  The crime of theft involves one person taking property of another person without that person’s consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the use and benefit of that property. The property can come in the form of money, clothing, food or any other belonging. When the charge appears on the jail website it might appear as any of the following: Theft/Unauthd Con, Theft/Con/Prior Convic or Theft/By Deception.
Typically, the more valuable the property taken, the more serious the crime committed. Theft from a person under $500 is typically charged as a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine up to $2,500 according to 720 ILCS 5/16-1. Once the theft exceeds $500, it can be charged as a felony offense in which the suspect faces the real possibility of spending more than one year in a state penitentiary.
If you or a loved one face theft charges in Chicago or the suburbs, you should immediately contact theft defense lawyer Andrew Weisberg. Mr. Weisberg is a former prosecutor with the experience to see theft related crimes from all angles. Contact him today at the office or 24/7 on his cell phone at (773) 453-2140.
As discussed above, theft related offenses under 720 ILCS 5/16-1 can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending upon the value of the items taken. In lower lever theft cases, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to get your case dismissed entirely. Mr. Weisberg’s goal in a theft offense is to get the case dismissed and the client’s record cleared. When suspects are accused of stealing large sums of money, there becomes a real threat of a lengthy prison sentence. For example, in cases in which a person is convicted of stealing over $500,000, the Judge in Illinois must sentence the defendant to between 4 and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. An skilled and respected lawyer can work to reduce the charges to avoid a prison sentence. Mr. Weisberg vigorously defends clients charged with the following theft related offenses:
If you or a loved one have been arrested and face charges for one or more of these criminal offenses, Chicago criminal attorney Andrew M. Weisberg will be there every step of the way with top notch legal representation as you work to clear your name.
If you or a loved one has been charged with theft (720 ILCS 5/16-1) in the Chicago area, Andrew M. Weisberg is a criminal attorney with a reputation as an aggressive, smart and tough defense lawyer. He is a former prosecutor in Cook County and Will County, and he has gained vast experience in defending every area of criminal law, from sex crimes and violent offenses to domestic violence and theft offenses. To speak with Mr. Weisberg, call his office or his cell phone 24/7 at (773) 453-2140 The consultation is immediate, free and confidential.